Gemstone Ranger variant (3.5e Class)
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A Gemstone Ranger mixes the skills of a ranger, be it a close range or long range ranger, with the somewhat magical abilities of the more well known magical classes. By delving into the magic within gemstones, this Ranger becomes a unique enemy to face.
Making a Gemstone Ranger(Variant)
The Gemstone Ranger can easily fill in as a back up ranger or magic class. This Ranger cannot hold their own in direct combat, requiring support from more heavily armored or more skilled classes to work in the front lines. Their unique mix of fighting and magic allows them to cover a decent amount of weaknesses in an adventuring crew..
Abilities: Depending on the style of combat, either Dexterity or Strength should be a priority. Charisma and Intelligence are important for class skills, and for rangers focusing more on the magical studies of gemstones.Constitution is always good for the extra hit points.
Races: Humans and Elves have always been drawn to the ways of the ranger. Dwarves and Deep Gnomes make unlikely, but interesting Gemstone rangers due to the fact of their close connection to the earth and the stones themselves. Anyone can become a Gemstone Ranger if they have a desire to connect to the magic of the stones.
Alignment: Gemstone Rangers can be of any alignment, but most commonly border on good or neutral.
Starting Gold: 4d6x10 gp .
|1st||+1||+0||+2||+2||Gemstone Pouch, Gemstone Blessing, Gemstone Enchantment (Lv 1), Gemstone Control (+2)|
|5th||+5||+2||+4||+4||Gemstone Control (+2), Gemstone Enchantment (Lv 2)|
|10th||+10/+5||+4||+7||+7||Gemstone Control (+2), Bonus Feat, Gemstone Enchantment (Lv 3)|
|15th||+15/+10/+5||+7||+9||+9||Gemstone Enchantment (Lv 4)|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+9||+12||+12||Gemstone Enchantment (Lv 5)|
Class Skills 5 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
A gemstone ranger fights from long to short range depending on his or her personal weapon preference, and his or her gem connections. All of the following are class features of the Gemstone Ranger.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Gemstone Ranger is proficient with all Simple and Martial weapons, and light armor. They are not proficient with shields.
Gemstone Control: Starting at 1st level, a Gemstone Ranger can dedicate 2 gems to use for blessings, and can dedicate a maximum of 2 + Class Level. The power of each gemstone increases at 5th level, and every 5 levels after that. The list of Gemstones and their effects are as followed:
Elemental attack stones: All stones deal an additional 1d4 elemental Damage to attacks made by blessed weapons. At 5th level 2d4 or 1d8 (Player's Choice, but once picked it cannot be changed). At 10th, increase previous damage choice to 3d4 or 2d8. At 15th, increase damage to 4d4 or 3d8. At 20th, increase damage to 5d4 or 4d8.
Defensive Stones:These stones enchant the Ranger increasing the respective save by +2. At 5th, save increases to +3. At 10th, increase to +4. At 15th, increase to +6. At 20th, increase to +8.
Buff stones:These stones function as a particular spell. As the Ranger increases in power, so do the effects. At 5th, increase effect to +6. At 10th, increase effect to +8. At 15th, increase to +10. At 20th, increase to +12.
Weapon enhancement stones:These stones either increase an weapon's ability to score a hit or its ability to penetrate armor. Colbalt and Sunstone grant the attack with a +3 to Hit. At 5th, increase to +4 Hit. At 10th, increase to +5 Hit. At 15th, increase to +7 Hit. At 20th, increase to +9 Hit.
Topaz: Earth. Topaz provide the user with an attack that ignores 1 AC(armor, shield,or natural armor). At 5th, increases to 2. At 10th, increase to 3. At15th, ignores 5. At 20th, increase to 7.
Unique Attack Stones:These stones grant unique attack effects to weapons. Alexandrite and Carnelian provide a Smite effect. The Ranger adds her Charisma bonus (if any) to her attack roll and deals 1 extra point of damage per ranger level. At 5th increase in damage by one half the total damage. At 10th, double extra damage from effect. At 15th, increase in damage by 2.5 damage. At 20th, increase in damage by threefold. (Your DM may want to make usable per day as paladin's ability)
At 5th, DC increases to 20 + Class level, or increases to 2 turn stun (Cannot change once picked). At 10th level, DC increases to 25 + Class level, or increases to 3 turn stun (based on last level). At 15th, DC increases to 30 + Class level + 2 Turn Stun, or DC 20 + 4 Turn stun (based on last level). At 20th , DC increases to 35 + Class Level + 3 Turn stun, or DC 25 + 5 Turn Stun (based on last level).
Utility stones:These stones provide unique powers to help the ranger on adventures.
(New gems may be added into the list provided DM and player agree on what they do, and how they level up.)(Sunstone as a dispel magic gem. Discuss with DM to implement.)
Gemstone Blessing (Ex):A Gemstone Ranger cannot use his gems unless he finds a person in his life to 'moment' the gemstone to, meaning the gem must have a person it is dedicated to. (To ensure this works, the player must create a back story with their character and have interaction between a person in their past and give the reason why they are given the gemstone, and something as 'They liked the gem' will not work. It has to be detailed to a point). A Gemstone Ranger can dedicate a gemstone to an ally in their party if they feel as if the ally is worthy. A Gemstone Ranger may only have one gem blessing a weapon at a time.
Gemstone Enchantment (Sp):Before attacking, a Gemstone Ranger can give up their Move Action to bless their weapon with a gemstone's power. This lasts until the weapon makes an attack, successful or not, and will die off naturally after 3 turns. Cannot be used with an ally's weapon.( Can bless self with non-attack stones for 3 turns. Only one self blessing may be active at any time.)
Bonus Feat:At 2nd level and every 4 levels after that, a Gemstone Ranger may pick a Bonus Feat from the Fighter's List of Feats.
Sculptor:At 4th level, a Gemstone Ranger can add half his Class level into any check focused on gems, jewels, or precious metals. In addition, the Ranger can embed gemstones into weapons, armor, or jewelry to more readily access the stone's magic.
Gemstone Enchantment (Lv2)Sp):At 5th level, the Gemstone Ranger's power to control gems increase. Use increased value from gemstone table.
Gem Shielding (Sp):At 7th level, a Gemstone Ranger can us his elemental gems to grant himself a Damage Reduction of DR/2 -element of gem-.
Miner:At 8th level, a Gemstone Ranger can add half his class level into any check that targets any natural stone, caves, chasms, and things of the such where gems or precious metals might be found.
Gemblending (Su):At 9th level, a Gemstone Ranger may combine two of his gems into a single gem with both effects. With this, he may cast two blessings at any time. The Ranger may only have 2 blended gems dedicated. This limit increases by 2 at each Gemstone Enchantment level after 2nd, making a total of 8 mixed gems total by 20th level. Blended Gems cannot be mixed with other Blended gems.
Gemstone Enchantment (Lv3)(Sp) :At 10th level, the Gemstone Ranger's power grows more.
Tri-Blending (Su):At 12th level, a Gemstone Ranger can blend three gems into one to gain three effects at once. A Gemstone ranger may blend a Dual Gem into a Tri-Blend gem with a solo gem, yet cannot blend two Dual gems. A Gemstone Ranger can only have One (1) Tri-Blend gem at a time.
Gem Bomber (Sp): At 13th level, a Gemstone Ranger can use his gems as if they were thrown weapons, like Alchemist's Fire. When using a gem as a weapon, the gem uses the target's Touch AC, and the use of the gem vanishes for the day due to the burst of energy from it. The types of gems can be use are any gem that deals elemental damage, or Carnelian and Alexandrite. When thrown, the elemental gems deal a 15ft radius 1d10 + Class level splash damage, while Carnelian and Alexandrite use a 15ft Smite effect.
Gemstone Enchantment (Lv4)(Sp) :At 15th level, the Gemstone Ranger's power keeps growing. Use increased values for all dedicated gems.
Gem Trapping :At 16th level, the Gemstone Ranger can fuse a gem to a device to prevent someone else from using it. This wastes the gem, and the gem must be replaced, be it bought or found again. When someone other than the Gemstone Ranger attempts to use the trapped item, the person must make a Use Magic Device Check of DC 15 + 1/2 Gemstone Ranger's level + 1/2 Gemstone Ranger's Spellcraft skill. if successful, the item works as usual. If failed, then gem activates and it's ability activates as if it was attached to a weapon. Gems that do not do direct damage cannot be used. Carnelian, Alexandrite, and Chrysolite can be used in Gem Trapping.
Gemstone Enchantment (Lv5)(Sp):At 20th level, the Gemstone Ranger's power reaches it's maximum.
Epic Gemstone Ranger
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